There is no one denying that Virat Kohli is one of the most passionate scholars of the game in the last decade and so, but at the same time his captaincy style has remained under the scanner for most of the time. Over the years, neither team India nor his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore has won a single major tournament under his captaincy.
While Royal Challengers Bangalore has remained title less despite being one of the most followed and strongest franchises, team India has lost both 2017 Champions Trophy and 2019 World Cup.
Recently, Former Indian Opener, Aakash Chopra analysed Virat Kohli’s captaincy in a video on his YouTube channel. In the video, the Cricket Analyst pointed out a number of things that went awry – every time Virat Captained a team. One of the major concerns that Aakash pointed out is wrong team selection.
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“He [Kohli] is surely not a successful IPL captain. The team has not done well, it is actually a fact. And it is not one or two years, but many seasons. There are manifold reasons for that. First thing is that they don’t pick the correct team. If you see their squad’s strength, you can observe glaring mistakes. You can punch holes in them,” pointed out Aakash Chopra.
According to Aakash, apart from picking a debatable team, the RCB also lacked bowling options at death along with the ever-fragile lower middle order.
“There are no fast bowlers, who will bowl at the death, who will bat at No.5 and No.6. They have never addressed these problems. It is a top-heavy batting team, always a thin bowling lineup, the same Yuzi Chahal, just the same fast bowler, that’s about it. If you don’t pick the team properly, don’t expect miracles from a captain,” added Aakash.
Chopra also pointed out the inability of support staff to make Virat Kohli select a proper team rather than picking his own mind all the time. The 42-year old also cited the example of MS Dhoni, who, according to Chopra, would have never influenced the management that much in picking the playing XI.
“Second reason is that when the Indian team captain is the skipper of your franchise, you don’t stretch his bandwidth beyond a point. This is with regards to once again the squad selection. The other people need to do a very good job at the time of squad selection.
“I am sure MS Dhoni would have given the CSK management a list of 3-4 players to be picked and left the rest to the support staff, when he was the Indian captain. It is almost impossible for you to sit in the auction and spoon feed the management to pick a particular team. You have to support him, I don’t think Kohli has had that kind of support from his support staff,” signed off Aakash.